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Friday, 2013 August 23
Hanumatpresaka Swami
ISKCON Founder-Acharya
Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
SB 1.8.12
tarhy evātha muni-śreṣṭha
pāṇḍavāḥ pañca sāyakān
ātmano ’bhimukhān dīptān
ālakṣyāstrāṇy upādaduḥ
Word for Word:
tarhi — then;
eva — also;
atha — therefore;
muni-śreṣṭha — O chief amongst the munis;
pāṇḍavāḥ — all the sons of Pāṇḍu;
pañca — five;
sāyakān — weapons
ātmanaḥ — own selves;
abhimukhān — towards;
dīptān — glaring;
ālakṣya — seeing it;
astrāṇi — weapons;
upādaduḥ — took up.
O foremost among
the great thinkers
[munis, Śaunaka],
seeing the glaring
proceeding towards
them, the Pāṇḍavas
took up their five
respective weapons.
The brahmāstras are finer than the
nuclear weapons.
Aśvatthāmā discharged the
brahmāstra simply to kill the
Pāṇḍavas, namely the five brothers
headed by Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira
and their only grandson, who was
lying within the womb of Uttarā.
Therefore the brahmāstra, more
effective and finer than the atomic
weapons, was not as blind as the
atomic bombs.
Tavistock Lectures
E.T. Hall
Carl G. Jung
Sages x Suta
Srimad Bhagavatam is the Shelter
History of SB
Who is Maharaja Pariksit and What
is the Ambience
SB 1.8.6 — Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa caused three wellperformed aśvamedha-yajñas [horse sacrifices] to be
conducted by Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira and thus caused
his virtuous fame to be glorified in all directions, like
that of Indra, who had performed one hundred such
SB 1.8.7 — Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa then prepared for His
departure. He invited the sons of Pāṇḍu, after having
been worshiped by the brāhmaṇas, headed by Śrīla
Vyāsadeva. The Lord also reciprocated greetings.
SB 1.8.8 — As soon as He seated Himself on the
chariot to start for Dvārakā, He saw Uttarā hurrying
toward Him in fear.
SB 1.8.9 — Uttarā said: O Lord of lords, Lord of the
universe! You are the greatest of mystics. Please protect
me, protect me, for there is no one else who can save
me from the clutches of death in this world of duality.
SB 1.8.10 — O my Lord, You are all-powerful. A fiery
iron arrow is coming towards me fast. My Lord, let it
burn me personally, if You so desire, but please do not
let it burn and abort my embryo. Please do me this
favor, my Lord.
SB 1.8.11 — Sūta Gosvāmī said: Having patiently heard
her words, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who is always very
affectionate to His devotees, could at once understand
that Aśvatthāmā, the son of Droṇācārya, had thrown
the brahmāstra to finish the last life in the Pāṇḍava
SB 1.8.12 — O foremost among the great thinkers
[munis] [Śaunaka], seeing the glaring brahmāstra
proceeding towards them, the Pāṇḍavas took up their
five respective weapons.
SB 1.8.13 — The almighty Personality of Godhead, Śrī
Kṛṣṇa, having observed that a great danger was
befalling His unalloyed devotees, who were fully
surrendered souls, at once took up His Sudarśana disc
to protect them.
SB 1.8.14 — The Lord of supreme mysticism, Śrī
Kṛṣṇa, resides within everyone’s heart as the
Paramātmā. As such, just to protect the progeny of the
Kuru dynasty, He covered the embryo of Uttarā by His
personal energy.
SB 1.8.15 — O Śaunaka, glory of Bhṛgu’s family,
although the supreme brahmāstra weapon released by
Aśvatthāmā was irresistible and without check or
counteraction, it was neutralized and foiled when
confronted by the strength of Viṣṇu [Lord Kṛṣṇa].
SB 1.8.16 — O brāhmaṇas, do not think this to be
especially wonderful in the activities of the mysterious
and infallible Personality of Godhead. By His own
transcendental energy He creates, maintains and
annihilates all material things, although He Himself is
SB 1.8.17 — Thus saved from the radiation of the
brahmāstra, Kuntī, the chaste devotee of the Lord, and
her five sons and Draupadī addressed Lord Kṛṣṇa as
He started for home.
Anjana Suta